Hosta 'Cheatin Heart'

This fast growing cultivar is the result of a cross of an H. 'Subcrocea' seedling x H. 'Birchwood Gem' made by Wm Zumbar of Ohio. He registered it in 1995.

'Cheatin Heart' forms a small size (8 inches high by 18 inches wide) mound with leaves of thin substance and underside bloom. The flowers are pale purple and bloom in July followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "It has also generated a small family of sports...'Silver Threads & Golden Needles', though it actually sported from 'Stolen Kiss'...which is a sport of 'Cheatin Heart'."

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "Looks good in the trough or tray and will do well in even the larger raised bed and woodland garden once mature."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Vigorous and exceeds its registered dimensions if conditions are favorable...Thought to have diploid leaf edge and tetraploid leaf center...Light sprinkling of red speckles on petiole and scape."

Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2002 Vol. 33 No. 1) quotes Tony Avent , "Although H. 'Stolen Kiss' was introduced as a sport of H. 'Cheatin Heart', it is actually a sport from the Tiara Group...probably H. 'Emerald Scepter'...When we compared it to the Tiara Group plants that were in flower here, the flowering habit was identical, as were the growth and form. I talked to Jim Anderson, who acknowledged that 'anything is possible'."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) reports that H. 'Banana Puddin' was mistakenly registered as H. 'Banana Pudding' but this has been corrected. Some other hosta names that have dropped the last "g" include 'Cheatin Heart', 'Summer Lovin', 'Rootin Tootin', 'Singin the Blues' and 'Lovin Spoonful'.


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